Striker Newcastle reportedly want outranks Mbappe and Ronaldo in key goalscoring stat
Newcastle are in the market looking for a new striker and Reims forward Hugo Ekitike is reportedly very high on Eddie Howe’s wish list.
The talented teenager burst onto the scene in Ligue 1 after being promoted to the Reims’ senior squad at the start of the season. He has scored eight goals in the league already, and he might get a big move a lot sooner than he would’ve expected.
Newcastle are desperate for a new number nine and they want one as early as possible. Talks have been ongoing for Ekitike, but Reims are not making things easy for the Toon. (Fabrizio Romano)
Is the teenager really worth the big bucks? Here’s a stat that says he is!
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Newcastle-linked Hugo Ekitike averages more goals per game than Mbappe and Ronaldo
Ekitike’s eight goals in 17 Ligue 1 appearances is an excellent return on its own, especially when you consider that he’s 19 and is in his first season at the top level. What makes the world stand up and take notice is how his goalscoring rate looks when compared to some of the biggest names in the world.
The teenager averages a goal every 108 minutes in the league this season. Kylian Mbappe, Ligue 1’s best player, averages one every 169 minutes, while Cristiano Ronaldo averages a goal every 162 minutes.
Ronaldo’s good pal Lionel Messi averages a goal every 219 minutes in all competitions, while Neymar’s record is pretty underwhelming compared to the rest – a goal every 397 minutes in all competitions.
He’s the best in Ligue 1 with respect to the minutes-per-goal ratio and it is no surprise that Newcastle are so keen to sign him.
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Should Newcastle sign Ekitike? Yes, they should. Should the teenager be the only striker they sign this month? Absolutely not!
Newcastle need a striker to come in, hit the ground running and save them from relegation. Ekitike may well do that, but to put the pressure of an entire football club’s safety on his young shoulders seems like a silly idea.
The Magpies are right to be looking at someone as talented as the young man from Reims and they should do everything they can to sign him. However, they should also look to bring in someone more experienced who is used to the pressure of playing in the Premier League.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out but the one thing that’s clear at the moment is that Ekitike is a fine talent and one to keep an eye on.
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